Winter Poems including Figurative Language

Winter Poetry and Figurative Language

Are you looking for a new twist on teaching poetic elements? Check out these seven activities that use winter poems and figurative language. Winter idioms, Jack Frost, and snow make for high-interest topics during the cold, winter months.

Students will find rhyming schemes, identify figurative language, and analyze what is taking place in the poems. They will even enjoy writing a second verse to a poem using the author’s pattern.

These poems vary greatly in difficulty, so one activity should be a great fit for any upper elementary student. This also means you can ability group students and assign different activities to different groups as a way to differentiate instruction. 

7 Activities for Winter Poems and Figurative Language

Get the handout with all activities including the link to the Google Slides by clicking on the button.


Activity #1

Teaching Idea for Winter Idioms

Students will select idioms that contain winter-related words such as ice, cold, or snow. Idioms might include:

  • snow job
  • to break the ice
  • the snowball effect
  • to get cold feet
  • on thin ice
  • and so on

A list of winter idioms is included in the handout. Students then write their selected idioms and the idioms’ meanings. Finally, students create literal drawings of their idioms.

Activities #2-3

Comparing Two Poems with the same title Jack Frost

In the second and third activities, students read two different poems with the same title. Students locate figurative language, find rhyming patterns, and compare the two poems. 

Activity #4

Teaching Poetic Elements with Winter Poems

The North wind doth blow and we shall have snow,
And what will poor robin do then, poor thing?
He’ll sit in a barn and keep himself warm
and hide his head under his wing, poor thing.

In this activity, students write a new verse for the rhyme “North Wind.” This is a super simple way to encourage reluctant writers to create their own poems. Students will follow a set pattern that is provided on the printable. All that is required is to fill in the blanks with the requested information. 

Activity #5

Student learn about poetry using the lyrics to Suzy Snowflake

Suzy Snowflake was made famous by Rosemary Clooney (who starred in the popular movie White Christmas and aunt to George Clooney) in 1951. The song personifies a snowflake named Suzy.


Here comes Suzy Snowflake

Dressed in a snow-white gown

Tap, tap, tappin’ at your windowpane

To tell you she’s in town.

In this activity, students learn about poetry using the lyrics to the song Suzy Snowflake. 

Activity #6

Students analyze the poem London Snow.

Figuring out the rhyming scheme to the poem London Snow is fun and challenging. Students also answer questions about the setting, make inferences, and find the changing point of view in the poem.

Activity #7

Comparing Two Winter Themed Poems by Robert Frost

Dust of Snow
by Robert Frost 

The way a crow
Shook down on me

The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree
Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued.
Of a day I had rued.

Who doesn’t love Robert Frost? His vivid descriptions of nature take the reader to the locations of his poems. His poems can be enjoyed on a literal level as well as delving into hidden means of metaphoric text.

In this activity, students will enjoy analyzing the poems on the literal level. They will find sound devices and rhyming schemes. Students will also infer how the narrators feel about nature. 

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